Eighty-three people in the 123rd Training Troop graduated as new state troopers on Thursday and one of them was a Farmington resident.
Andrew J. Crook, of Farmington, has been assigned to State Police Troop L in Litchfield.
In a press release, Reuben F. Bradford, commissioner of the department of emergency services and public protection, and Col. Danny R. Stebbins, State Police commander, congratulated the graduates.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy spoke at the graduation ceremony.
“Today’s graduation ceremony represents our commitment to law enforcement. It means more than 80 additional troopers will be keeping our communities and residents safe and I am honored to congratulate each and every one of these graduates for earning the title of State Trooper,” Malloy said. “The duty of public safety is a 24/7 responsibility, meaning our first responders are often away from home and their loved ones.... The families of the graduates have made and will continue to make tremendous sacrifices, and I want to also thank them for their support.”
The students started training on June 14 and had 1,400 in classroom hours, as well as hours of "training in physical conditioning, water rescue, driving and other specialized areas of police work," according to a press release from the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of State Police.
The new state troopers applied about a year ago, took writing tests, a physical fitness assessment, and "observational and polygraph tests" before they began their training.
Crook is one of eight graduates who will join Troop L.
Twenty of the graduates have experience in the military, 26 have been involved in law enforcement before, 43 have bachelor degrees, 10 have graduate degrees and "85 percent of the class left higher paying jobs to serve as Connecticut State Troopers," the press release stated.
The new troopers ranger from 23 to 47 in age and some were previously "accountants, counselors, corrections officers, firefighters, lawyers, teachers and nurses," according to the press release.